Bitzer http://wfae.org en The Week In Politics: "Unaffiliated" Voters, SuperPAC Enters Judicial Race, DNCC Funding Falls Short http://wfae.org/post/week-politics-unaffiliated-voters-superpac-enters-judicial-race-dncc-funding-falls-short <p>Early voting is now underway in North Carolina. And this year, registration data show more voters are choosing not to affiliate with any political party. One quarter of the state’s electorate is now “unaffiliated”---a rise of 21 percent since 2008. In fact, in Mecklenburg County, unaffiliated voters have overtaken Republicans. But NOT SO FAST says WFAE’s political analyst Michael Bitzer. He’s been analyzing the data, and he tells Duncan McFadyen just because people are distancing themselves from parties, it doesn’t mean they’ve changed their partisan leanings. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:17:29 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 14160 at http://wfae.org The Week In Politics: "Unaffiliated" Voters, SuperPAC Enters Judicial Race, DNCC Funding Falls Short The Week In Politics: Assessing The Impact Of The VP Debate, "Robo-Calls" In NC Governor's Race http://wfae.org/post/week-politics-assessing-impact-vp-debate-robo-calls-nc-governors-race <p>The presidential race tightened in the week following the first debate. So, the stakes were high Thursday night when Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan faced off in the campaign’s only <em>vice</em> presidential debate. Each candidate tried to show his command of the facts, but but this is politics, so to what extent were the candidates selecting those facts to make <em>their </em>ideas look better? WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer talks to <em>Morning Edition</em> host Duncan McFadyen. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:59:07 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 13692 at http://wfae.org The Week In Politics: Assessing The Impact Of The VP Debate, "Robo-Calls" In NC Governor's Race The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter? http://wfae.org/post/week-politics-do-political-debates-matter <p>Some people call political debates the “super bowl” of politics. The media was speculating that Wednesday night’s presidential face-off “could change everything.”</p><p>So, did it? And what about the North Carolina gubernatorial debate just a couple of hours before? Do debates actually change voters’ minds? Duncan McFadyen checked in with Catawba College Political Scientist Michael Bitzer. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:46:08 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 13244 at http://wfae.org The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter? The Week In Politics: The 47%, Outside Money In NC Governor’s Race, 8th Dist. Congressional Debate http://wfae.org/post/week-politics-47-outside-money-nc-governor-s-race-8th-dist-congressional-debate <p>With less than two months to Election Day, candidates from the presidency down the ticket are facing more scrutiny. That was clearly evidenced in comments released this week in which Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, speaking at a fund-raiser, referred to 47 percent of Americans as “dependent on government.”</p><p>WFAE’s political analyst, Professor Michael Bitzer, joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to review the week’s political news.</p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:37:48 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 6886 at http://wfae.org